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Judging Open Minds

October 13th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Judging an open mind is like throwing a rock through an open window.
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Motives

October 12th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
We envision heroes as those who act without motive but become suspicious of people who actually have no motive.
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Friend in the Shadows

September 30th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
     A man is traveling with his family and gets stranded in a dark cave.  He is alone and trapped in a large pit within the cave.  Fortunately, there is a stream of sunlight reaching down towards one end of the pit and plants are growing there.  From these few crops he is able to survive.  Later he also climbs down rocks deeper into the cave where it's darker and discovers a river where he can catch fish.

     The whole time he is alone until he one day notices someone standing in the shadows on the other side of the river.  The person can't really be seen and is just a dark figure.  The man calls and waves out.  The person doesn't say anything, but the man assumes it's because they're too far apart to hear each other.  However, the person seems to motion or signal back before fading back into the shadows.

     The man doesn't see this person again until one day he injures himself along...[More]
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Peace

September 26th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

When your mind is at peace, your mind isn’t doing anything and you are doing nothing and it is the same thing a mind does when it is dead.

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Monkey Bars

September 25th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Sense of achievement is what you feel the first time you are able to skip every other monkey bar. Sense of age is what you feel when you realize you can reach the monkey bars without jumping.

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Fearing Death

September 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
The problem with fearing death is you won't know it if it happens.
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Living Transparent

September 19th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #

Living Transparent by Reasoner

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The River

August 28th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Be the rock that holds against the river or the water that flows with the current but not the fish that dies swimming upstream.

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Truth From Lies

August 25th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Truth is born from lies.
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Solid Beliefs

August 22nd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Forming beliefs is to go insane, and then come back from it.

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Summer Breeze

August 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Summer Breeze by Blackhole12
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Music and Sound Editing

August 10th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Free tools and programs to edit audio and mp3 files.  Resources and tips to read on.

     Of course, the best programs would have to cost money, but for those of us with somewhat of a budget, these are some of the programs I've found most useful.  Further down are also resources I found useful for advice on how to better edit sounds or music pieces.

General Sound Editing

Audacity - General purpose sound editor.  Does fading, cutting, and a number of effects.
Mastering...[More]
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Flawlessness

August 4th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Flawlessness is subjective; flaws are not.

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Diagonal Lines on Video Capture with TV Tuner

July 29th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  This has been bugging me for some time, but I always assumed it was just the monitor or editor program.  Basically what’s been happening is any video I capture from VHS or TV to my computer ends up with every so slight but definitely visible lines going diagonally across the screen.  I’m not sure how to explain it.  It’s not interlacing (those are horizontal and a whole other issue) and it doesn’t actually hurt the video that much like other artifacting.  You actually have to pause the video to notice them (at which you’ll see diagonal lines frozen across the image).  They’re kind of like crosshatches I guess - or honeycombs.  There really ought to be a name for it, but I can’t seem to find any references to it on Google.

  Here’s a picture of what I mean:

Diagonal lines definitely visible across the hands.

  Basic solution I’ve found so far is to keep the capture device and cables away from cables (especially power lines) if possible.  The issue was that I had the video cables crossing over a number of other cables to get to the computer (lot of cables coming out of the back of a computer - what’d you expect? :P).  Once I moved the VCR farther away and made pretty much a separate area just for the video cables to go through, the issue cleared up.

  I’m glad the issue is solved, but I kind of wish I knew exactly what it was to begin with.  A name would be nice.  Surely I’m not the first to run into this problem, so it’d be helpful to read up on it.

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Untapped Potential

July 29th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Potential that refuses to be tapped is potential that was never there to begin with.

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Ignoring Someone

July 26th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Just because someone ignores you doesn't mean they aren't listening.
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Trying to Find Storage Trunks

July 26th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  Right now, I just have too much stuff lying around, and I’m not usually one to throw things away.  Normally at this time of year, I’d be stuffing them into trunks or footlockers to store away, but I can’t seem to find any.

  I’ve checked online but the prices range from $120 upwards, not even including shipping.  Many of these don’t even have wheels or handles. -_- The ones I have currently I bought for $20 at Walmart so anything over $60 is already way out of my price range.  None of the Walmarts I visited nearby seem to sell trunks anymore though.

  If anyone knows any stores, local or online that sells these boxes for cheaper - please let me know.  Thanks

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Remembering Everything You've Ever Learned

July 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  Yeah, I’m bored.  It’s summer time.  And I’m forgetting things.

  Searched the subject of memory on Google just for the heck of it and found an interesting article on how memory works, as well as how to improve and maximize it.  The header claims you can remember “everything” and I suppose if you keep at it long enough, it’s possible but I doubt I’ll get enough time to pursue that. :P

  Article: Remembering Everything You’ve Ever Learned

  According to the article, cramming kills your memory and makes it ever so harder to retrieve later on.  I guess that explains last year. :P

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Running Out of Luck

July 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

If you run out of luck, just borrow someone else’s.

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Out There

July 19th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
There's nothing out there.
Everything's already in here.
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